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27 January 2018

The NUJ has an all-party parliamentary group which meets regularly while the UK parliament is sitting.

The chair of the group is Clive Lewis, a former broadcast journalist and MP for Norwich South. The vice-chairs will be from across the political spectrum and will be confirmed after the summer recess.

The NUJ is not affiliated to any political party and organises meetsing and campaigns with politicians on union priorities agreed by NUJ members.

The NUJ campaigns and communications department is responsible for working with members of the NUJ parliamentary group. To raise issues in parliament please email: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

The NUJ also works with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group and supports TUC parliamentary campaigns.

The NUJ takes an interest in a range of parliamentary committees, contributes to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations on legislation. Details of all the latest bills and legislation are available on the www.parliament.uk website.

NUJ parliamentary campaigns: 

BBC Love it or Lose it: access the latest news about NUJ BBC campaigns.

Local News Matters: access the latest news about the NUJ LNM campaign.

Safeguarding journalists and their sources: access the latest news about the NUJ surviellance campaign.

International: the union fights for press freedom and trade union rights across the globe. Access the latest information about our international campaigns.

Access the latest news on the NUJ's work in the UK parliament. You can also read the news on the NUJ's parliamentary work in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NUJ briefings and submissions

All the unions briefings and submissions are published and available on the dedicated web page:

NUJ submissions and briefings.

Early day motions (EDMs)

Early day motions are tabled in parliament for MPs to support.

Latest list of all EDMs.

You can ask your MP to support an EDM in parliament.

The EDMs listed below are supported by the NUJ.

You can find out what your local MP has said on NUJ related issues and you can contact your MP via the They Work For You website.

Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ

JOB LOSSES AND CUTS AT STV

That this House is seriously disappointed and concerned at plans by Scotland's leading commercial broadcaster to shed 59 jobs across the STV and STV2 channels, with the latter closing altogether; notes that the plans involve ending the flagship STV News Tonight Scottish and international news programme, which will lead to a massive reduction in the breadth and depth of news coverage that viewers in Scotland currently enjoy; believes that the news comes as a devastating blow to the staff who work tirelessly to provide some of the best news and current affairs programmes in Scotland; supports the efforts of the National Union of Journalists to work with STV management to try to reduce the number of redundancies required; and calls for every effort to be made to avoid compulsory redundancies.

EDM 1079: PART TWO OF THE LEVESON INQUIRY

That this House is hugely disappointed and angered by the Government's refusal to proceed with Phase 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into the relationships between media companies and the police; believes that this is bad for politics, bad for journalism and bad for the public; further believes there is a clear need for an inquiry into whether the botched initial investigation into telephone hacking by the Metropolitan Police was due to ineptitude or because of the cosy relationship between senior executives of both organisations, with high-ranking officers being rewarded with lucrative columns in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers; believes that we need an investigation into the mass amnesia and ignorance of newspaper executives at the Leveson inquiry and at parliamentary committee hearings; and still considers that there is overwhelming public interest in an inquiry into the extent of corporate governance and management failures at newspapers organisations and the role of politicians, public servants and others in any failure to investigate wrongdoing at News International.

EDM 828: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE US
  
That this House believes that journalist and black political rights activist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been wrongly imprisoned and should be released from his decades-long incarceration in Pennsylvania; further believes that there is widespread evidence of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and that Abu-Jamal's incarceration has led to severe life-threatening illness; notes that the 1982 trial judge gloated in racist terms of his intent to sentence Mr Abu-Jamal to death; and believes that Mr Abu-Jamal is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

EDM 751: CARRIE GRACIE AND PAY EQUALITY AT THE BBC

That this House believes that the resignation of Carrie Gracie, the former China editor of the BBC, highlights the anger and frustration of many women journalists at the BBC that a swifter resolution has not been reached to the scourge of unequal pay at our public service broadcaster; notes that figures published in 2017 revealed that the BBC's two male international editors have been paid, at least 50 per cent more, than its two female counterparts; further notes that of the list of those earning over £150,000, only a third were women and just 10 of the 96 were black or minority ethnic backgrounds; supports the National Union of Journalists in pursuing a collective grievance on behalf of 121 women who work across the BBC in a variety of roles and grades, on top of a number of individual cases that were already in train; calls for urgent government action so that pay equality is addressed across the media and broadcasting industries more generally and that effective sanctions are served on employers who flout equal pay legislation.

EDM 53: NEWSQUEST - THE HERALD AND EVENING TIMES NEWSPAPERS

That this House is alarmed by recent actions by Newsquest, owner of The Herald and Evening Times newspapers; is concerned by the approach to five senior members of staff offering redundancy packages; notes that in the last few weeks, the Editors of The Herald and Evening Times were told they would be stood down to the role of Deputy Editor with substantial pay cuts; further notes that those Editors were told they would operate in the same way as previously but under one Editor for both titles; notes that both Editors refused those offers and faced dismissal before intervention by the National Union of Journalists so that exit packages were negotiated; notes that a Deputy Sports Editor has also left with an exit package; is concerned that there are serious doubts about the new structure and concerns over extreme workloads that will drive up stress and over bullying; and believes that these measures will affect the quality of both titles.

EDM 504: IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS

That this House believes a free and independent press is vital to healthy political and public life; notes the contribution of Scottish newspapers to political and public life; welcomes the focus of papers, such as the Scotsman, on news from a Scottish perspective; and condemns the acquisition of publishers and the publicity surrounding it to undermine good journalism and promote personal agendas.
Amended:  leave out 'welcomes' to end, insert, 'further notes that in July 2017 Johnston Press threatened to close 24 local newspapers across Scotland; notes at the same time there were around 12 vacancies in the three Scotsman titles creating a lot of stress and demands on journalists to work extra hours; notes that following the National Union of Journalists intervention and negotiation there were no closures; and one company stated filling vacancies; and notes current dissatisfaction within the Johnston Press Board, and real concerns in the direction of the company, affecting the quality of the titles.'.

EDM 485: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS

That this House welcomes the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists; commemorates the UN international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists on Thursday 2 November 2017; notes that the UN day of action was adopted in 2013 to mark the anniversary of the killing of two French reporters in Mali, and comes ahead of another important ·anniversary on 23 November, of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines when at least 32 journalists lost their lives in the single deadliest attack on the media; further notes that the priority areas of concern this year for the IFJ are Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine and Yemen; supports the aim to hold all governments accountable for their impunity records and denounces crimes targeting journalists that remain unpunished; condemns the perpetrators who have killed the 55 journalists who have lost their lives when carrying out their duties since the beginning of 2017; deplores that only one out of every 10 killings in the media globally is investigated; and calls on the Government to use its influence around the world to bring such impunity to an end.

EDM 481: CERTIFICATION OFFICER'S LEVY ON TRADE UNIONS

That this House is gravely concerned that the Government's proposals for a Certification Officer's levy on trade unions would result in unions having fewer resources to represent their members, a reduced capacity to negotiate better jobs and working conditions for working people, and a diminished ability to take enforcement action against bad employers; does not believe that the functions delivered by the Certification Officer should be recoverable by the proposed levy, which is both unnecessary and out of proportion to the reality of the current system; notes that the current proposal effectively create a flat-rate charge for all unions with an annual income of over £900,000, and does not account for the varying budgets and existing resources of those organisations; further notes that the proposed division of costs between the various types of organisations regulated by the Certification Office is unjust and greater clarity needs to be provided on the rise in costs, since the Certification Officer's income is set to more than treble; and therefore calls on the Government to consider retaining the existing funding arrangements, or at least to ensure that any system of levies treats unions and employers equally, and ensure that all levied organisations are required to pay at a level that is broadly proportionate to their income.

Last parliamentary session ending June 2017 - 

EDM 1109: LOCAL NEWS MATTERS

EDM 1002: PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MAKING PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES

EDM 551: OUTSOURCING OF BBC RADIO PRODUCTION

EDM 511: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON

EDM 474: FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA IN TURKEY

EDM 431: RESTRUCTURING OF BBC MONITORING SERVICES

EDM 304: JOURNALISTS AT BBC PARLIAMENT CHANNEL

EDM 150: TRINITY MIRROR AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

EDM: 128: FUTURE OF THE BBC NEWS CHANNEL

EDM 7: RELOCATION OF THE BLACK COUNTRY BUGLE

Last parliamentary session ending May 2016 -

EDM1310: JOB LOSSES AT GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS

EDM 1187: CLOSURE OF THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER'S PRINT TITLES

EDM 1039: FINANCIAL TIMES PENSION SCHEME

EDM 1017: JOB LOSSES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM 954: NEWSQUEST TITLES IN GLASGOW

EDM 930: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

EDM 821: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TURKEY

EDM 630: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES TARGETING JOURNALISTS

EDM 421: JOB LOSSES AND BUSINESS STRATEGY AT MEDIA WALES

EDM 263: SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERS 

EDM 179: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON

EDM 93: TRINITY MIRROR JOB LOSSES

EDM 903: YEMEN AND THE KILLING OF JOURNALIST ABDULKARIM AL-KHAIWANI

EDM 902: CARMEN ARISTEGUI AND JOURNALISM IN MEXICO

EDM 899: COVERT SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS

EDM 854: STATE OF MEDIA FREEDOM IN TURKEY

EDM 670: DEFENCE OF JOURNALISTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

EDM 375: EAST TIMOR MEDIA ACT

EDM 585: CLOSURE OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM 352: SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES

EDM 203 DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA

EDM 170: IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT

EDM 1307: PRIVATE COPYING COPYRIGHT EXCEPTION

EDM 1273: MEDIA PLURALISM

EDM 1160: FUTURE OF BBC THREE

EDM 1088: NEWSQUEST NEWSPAPERS AND LOCAL JOURNALISM

EDM 1021: TERRORISM ACT AND PRESS FREEDOM

EDM 956: AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS IN DETENTION IN EGYPT

EDM 909: THREATS TO ANABEL HERNÁNDEZ

EDM 886: LIVERPOOL POST NEWSPAPER

EDM 844: BANNING OF JOURNALISTS FROM FOOTBALL GROUNDS

EDM 795: DEFENCE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE PROSECUTION OF JOURNALISTS

EDM 739: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS

EDM 520: TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYING, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGNING AND TRADE UNION ADMINISTRATION BILL

EDM 309: ATTACKS ON MEDIA FREEDOMS IN TURKEY

EDM 234: CLOSURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER IN GREECE

EDM 211: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM

EDM 194: INCOME INEQUALITY

EDM 191: IMPORTANCE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

EDM 183: THREAT OF CLOSURE TO NORTHERN MUSEUMS

EDM 138: DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT FUNDING OF S4C

EDM 126: RESPECT AT WORK IN THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

EDM 80: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

EDM 67: VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNION REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOME DEPARTMENT

EDM 42: HILLSBOROUGH, ANNE WILLIAMS AND JUSTICE

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